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InfoWorld Sets Agenda for Second Virtualization Executive Forum

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JANUARY 8, 2007 – IDG's InfoWorld, the leading integrated media brand for IT solutions management, today unveiled the agenda for its second Virtualization Executive Forum, taking place Monday, February 12, 2007 at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco. The executive-level event provides real-world guidance and best practices for dynamically managing the IT environment. The Virtualization Executive Forum premiered last September 25-26 in New York City and attracted 300+ senior-level technology and business professionals looking to understand benefits and next steps associated with implementing an enterprise-wide virtualization strategy. February's event will highlight the most popular sessions from September and explore building and deploying server, storage, application and desktop virtualization technologies to reduce hardware costs, enhance business agility, improve deployment cycles, create a foundation for disaster recovery, and more.

Passes to attend InfoWorld's Virtualization Executive Forum are priced at $1,195, with credential, subscriber and early registration discounts available. Members of the press using promotional code VIRTPRESS are eligible for complimentary registration. To register, visit: .

"Last year, x86 server virtualization jumped out of the test lab and into production environments," said Doug Dineley, InfoWorld's executive editor and content chair for the event. "At our February 12th conference, we'll hear from IT execs that made that leap and zero in on the benefits, challenges, and best practices for moving to a virtualized infrastructure. Server, storage, application, and desktop virtualization — and what they offer to the enterprise — are all on the agenda."

The Virtualization Executive Forum agenda features leading experts from companies defining enterprise virtualization across industries and end users that have successfully implemented a virtualization strategy for their business. Presenters and panelists include: Dr. J. Kelly Flanagan, Information Technology Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Brigham Young University; Marcus MacNeill, Director of Product Strategy, Surgient; Gordon Mangione, Senior Vice President of Product Operations, XenSource, Inc.; Mike Neil, Senior Director of Virtualization Strategy, Microsoft Corp.; Steve Norall, Senior Analyst and Consultant, Taneja Group; Don Norbeck, Director of Product Development, SunGard Availability Services; James Phillips, Senior Director of Software Lifecycle Solutions, VMware; and Alex Vasilevsky, CTO and Founder, Virtual Iron Software. Plus, InfoWorld's top editors will be on hand to share their expertise. The complete agenda is available online at: .

InfoWorld's second forum on virtualization continues to attract support from the top vendors driving enterprise virtualization, including: Novell and Microsoft Corp. (Cornerstone sponsors); PolyServe, Red Hat, Inc., and PlateSpin (Platinum-level sponsors); Altiris, CA, EMC Corporation, and Egenera (Gold-level sponsors).

About InfoWorld Media Group

InfoWorld Media Group helps IT solutions management choose the right technology, within the context of a cohesive strategy, for business impact at their organizations. Rather than merely covering the enterprise technology market, InfoWorld identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add unique value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that provide those solutions. Using an integrated communications approach including online, events, a weekly print publication, research, and a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide both hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at .

About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's online network includes more than 450 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and gaming worldwide. IDG's lead generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

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